Vacuum-based systems for moving product are used in many different industries. Regardless of whether a system is used to pick up cartons of food or consumer products, large metal sheets or tiny electronics components, the speed at which that system is working will impact the production rate.
We will look into a system where products need to be picked from one place to another, whether it is bags, boxes or something else. A more efficient vacuum system, capable of picking more per minute, will result in increased productivity. So, how do you make sure that your vacuum-based materials handling system is as efficient as possible? How can such a system be optimised to pick more items per minute? There are a number of considerations that need to be addressed such as the type of vacuum source, a centralized or a decentralized system, what type of suction cup for the optimal pick up of the products. Those would be the basic considerations. Once that it is settled, the next step is to optimize the chosen system. It could be that extra level compensation is needed if there is a variation of the product heights, or maybe a release function for being able to release the picked product in a precise fashion, and not consuming too much energy in doing so.
Not all vacuum systems are alike; there can be limitations of space, weight, time or money. We have written a few white papers around these important subjects to facilitate customers when designing a vacuum system.